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Russell L.

Willms, Russell L.,

Click here to view the service held for Russell L. Willms on Friday, November 19, 2021

Born into Eternal Life on Friday, November 12th, 2021 at the age of 91.  Beloved husband of Betsy (nee Goelzer) for 65 years.  Dear father of Randy (Nancy). Brother of June Kah, Bernice Gorecki, and Judy (Roger) Longo.  Brother-in-law of David (JoAnn) Goelzer, Karen Bahr, Daniel (Lynn) Goelzer, Mark (Linda) Goelzer, Lynne (David) Lemke, Judy Willms, and Maria Willms.  Also survived by nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.  Preceded in death by his parents Lester and Leona Willms, siblings Betty (Wilbur) Petzke, Shirley (Raymond) Wagner, Gerald Willms, and Ronald Willms.

Visitation will be held at ST. JOHN’S EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH, 10302 S. 27th ST, Oak Creek, on Friday, November 19th from 9-11am, followed by the funeral service at 11am.  Interment Forest Hill Cemetery.

Russell was a retired employee of the City of Oak Creek Water Department, and enjoyed spending time at his home up north.

Memorials to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church appreciated.


  1. KATHLEEN MILKOWSKI November 14, 2021 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    God s Love and Blessings ! May The Family have Peace an sending loving condolence . I believe YOU lived a good Life.

  2. John Kah November 18, 2021 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    My Uncle Russell is a man of faith. Notice, I used the present tense, because he now lives in heaven because of his faith in Jesus Christ. He is loved and respected by his family and friends and will be deeply missed. As my godfather he set an example of encouragement and support. He and my Aunt Betsy showed me a dignity and grace that demonstrated their ability to love. I thank God for this great man and look forward to seeing him again in heaven.

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